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Complete new lawn on weedy soil

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 09:52

Love that phrase ppauper - 'made free with my facilities'  

I'd give those little spots a go too. Cold here at night, and has been for ages, and not that warm through the day, but the little edges of the new lawn I seeded a few weeks ago germinated quite well. It's a question of weighing up your own conditions. A big area's a different thing altogether though. 


Posted: 04/10/2015 at 09:47

Clari - your quality of life is just as important. Being taken for granted, especially if you don't earn a fortune, is demoralising. It never sounds like you get much support from anyone, so don't be loyal. Think of yourself and your needs. Be selfish for a change!

I think my pic might be similar to one I took a few weeks back chicky - so don't get too excited  I'll try and get a couple of different ones later on.  Hope the bike's ok - I think you should get a tandem and make Mr Chicky do all the donkey work  

Maintenance only anyone?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 09:42

A good bit of mine is at that stage ppauper. The garden's only a couple of years old, but as I now work more hours, have started hillwalking again, and have other commitments, it was designed to be like that. I still have plenty of things to do though, and areas to develop, especially when I get the house extension underway, which will be next spring. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 09:37

I love it when gardens take on that autumnal glow - angle of the sunlight. Lovely chicky   

One taken this morning. It'll hopefully be more established by next summer, and some things may need changed. The robin was on the hanging bird table earlier - he's remembered how to get in from last year  

Hopefully the others will too. The starlings can't get in although one of the magpies had a good go at it - unsuccessfully!

Not my garden, but I stopped on the way back out of the glen yesterday as the changing colours were so pretty. Not sure the pix do the lovely Perthshire countryside justice though


RB - Those little  fungi/moulds are fascinating aren't they? 

Wooden building

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 09:21

A twin pronged approach nannyski - not knowing the exact layout of your space makes it difficult to make suggestions, but a simple fence and arch, just inside your boundary, with climbers (using trellis perhaps?) as Valerie suggests will help block it and give you a lovely focal point. Infuriating to have to do these things, but sometimes it's the only way.

Use every tactic you can with the Planning Dept - as fidget says, keep polite and hopefully it will pay off. 

I know how unfair it can seem when you love your garden and other people are inconsiderate. Always seems there's nothing to protect decent, law abiding people. 

Gardener's rewards...

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 09:04

That first cuppa after along walk is heaven, Tootles  

Ducks on my pond

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 09:02

Little and often is the best plan with most things in life ppauper  

Ducks can be a real nuisance - but it depends how fussy you are about your garden too!


Posted: 04/10/2015 at 08:53


WW - you weren't there when I posted earlier. Glad it's all taking shape. YOu'll be Kerry Packered, but it's worth doing plenty while you're on a roll! Going out for lunch Dove - how very dare you.... taking time off from decorating duties ... 

At least you're considerate re the grass  - unlike someone near me who was out cutting their grass at half ten at night recently. What's that about? Sometimes I wonder about people....

By the time mine leave home I won't be fit to help them - I'll be in a home annoying everyone else by then  

Or maybe not - my idea of hell. When I get to that stage, I'll just wander up a hill and lie down ....

Considered walking again today - it's not  looking too bad up at Arrochar, but decided I should get my bulbs planted and get some other chores done. The last of the tomatoes are slowly ripening so I could get them into the kitchen to finish and get rid of the plants. Garden's looking quite tidy though - took a couple of pics when I fed the birds. 


What on earth is doing this?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 08:13

Dinah - If I have the time, I might try the water pistol with the starlings

I'm waging war on the thieving b*****s this year so that the little birds get a chance of some grub!  

Complete new lawn on weedy soil

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 08:07

Preparation is the key. If you want to do it this year I think you'd have to turf -  add some Blood, Fish and Bone a week before laying it. It's getting a bit late for seed now (unless you're in  a milder area) as it's getting too cold for it to germinate and then it will just rot in winter rain.Since you have a daughter, that would probably be the best solution as it will be usable by next summer. Seed won't, unless you can get it done now and cross your fingers that it will be warm enough to germinate. 

Alternatively, just do all the prep now - make sure all the weeds are out or killed off, and get the soil in good heart with some well rotted manure and soil/compost and let it lie over winter. In spring once it's warming up, add some extra compost or soil to get the level right (winter conditions will make it sink and settle a bit) rake it and add some B,F & B, then seed. It's a very cheap of doing it and all GCs and DIY stores offer a good selection of seed. They'll be labelled accordingly.

As Logan says, no weedkiller for six months or so.  Any weeds after that can be treated by a Weed and Feed product used as per the instructions. If you turf now, that means you can use one in spring.  Good habits re mowing will also give you a good turf - every five or six days through the growing season, and don't scalp it. 

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